Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Reflections on Five Things Every Christian Needs To Grow by Dr. R.C. Sproul (Part 9)

Conclusion Chapter

'Raising a hand never got anyone into the kingdom of God. Saying the sinner’s prayer doesn’t automatically change anyone’s heart. The only way to be saved is through faith in Christ alone, and no preacher can manufacture that.'

But in our zeal to win people, we do anything we can to get people up and out of their chairs. Then we end up with “evangelistic statistics,” which usually aren’t very accurate or helpful.
Five Things Every Christian Needs To Grow, R.C. Sproul

This conclusion chapter is where I have trouble accepting a point that Dr. R.C. Sproul has raised.
This is what he said:

"So I always assume that there are people in worship services who are unconverted, who have never really come to Christ. For that reason, in my sermons I often direct my comments specifically to unconverted people, admonishing, warning, exhorting, and so on, calling them to faith in Jesus Christ. However, I never use the term invitation because I think it is utterly unbiblical. I don’t see where God invites people to come to Christ. Rather, God commands people to come. When you get an invitation to an event, you usually can decline it with impunity. But you can’t decline the call of the gospel with impunity. If you decline that call, you seal your eternal damnation."

Although man is totally helpless and depraved when it comes to eternal salvation, how would they know that God's salvation is available to them if they are not invited? Yes, although I agree with Dr. R.C. Sproul that in our zeal to get converts, we end up having a lot of evangelistic statistics which are not very accurate, but isn't it in the Bible also that the invitation for people to come to God is opened to all?

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12 NIV)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV)

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